Our Fence

Two panels installed only twelve more to go!Lend a Hand 2 087

We would have got another couple installed but the wet weather defeated us.  It started raining just as we set up again after lunch and as we were using power tools, we had to stop as they can’t get wet.
I am very excited. I can’t wait until it is finished and then we can get down to fun part PLANTING.  Yes, I know I have mentioned the fence each blog, but it has been such a big part of this project so far, as until it is up we can’t do anything.  It is going to look stunning and Wayne (maybe to his regret) promised he would turn the top of the posts into some sort of nice shape.

I am very glad several males of the species having been helping me, as I have never built a fence before and wouldn’t have a clue what to do.  But the boys are doing a great job because they understand what needs to be done.  Accuracy is important and it is a bit like sewing, you need to be precise so that materials a line and fit where they should.  It is a gene that some people have and others don’t.

Our patch is among a gum tree and two pepper corn trees plus the new grevilleas which are happily blowing in the wind today.  On Thursday there was a bit of a gale blowing at the moment and being blown around will be good for them.  Contrary to belief, never stake trees as it makes them weak.  Yes, the councils do because they say it reduces vandalism.  The trees rely on the stakes thus they fail to put down a good root system and when the stakes are finally removed, they tend to fall over.  This happened at home, I removed the stakes of my Eucalyptus ‘Silver Princess’ and over she went on the next windy day.

The other terror that happens is people forget to take out the stakes and eventually the bark grows over it and it disappears, but it is still there.   This is a terror for arborists because if they don’t know the stakes are there (especially metal star pickets) and the chain saw hits it then nasty injuiries are likely to happen …. and I will leave that to your imagination.  It is something you don’t want to happen.  Problem is easily fixed just don’t stake any new trees you plant.

An update on our broad beans they are up, growing and are about 5cm tall.  Very exciting.  Each night a cover is put over them, no not to keep the frost off but the RABBITS.

Happy gardening everyone

From Sandi and the Work for the Dole participants